ICO Or Shadow Of The Colossus Sequel Confirmed?
Sometimes, being fanatical about a certain game (or two games, whatever) can yield big dividends if you play your cards right. Enter Team ICO Gamers, who clearly want to celebrate both ICO and Shadow of the Colossus, two of the most revered titles of the last generation. But they don't just want to revel in the greatness of past games; they also want to know when we'll hear more about the developer's next project...if there even is one.
We've heard nothing but rumors surrounding the possibility of another game based on either ICO or SotC, and while several industry journalists have said it's a "sure thing," nobody has any real details from official sources. However, this fan club sent a whole bunch of letters to OPM UK with the express purpose of finding out more. Thankfully, they did (kinda)-
Me: "I have just read the PlayStation Legend page on Ico at the back of OPM, issue nine and can't stop wondering what Fumito Ueda and the rest of the team will come up with on PS3. I'm a big fan of ICO and Shadow of the Colossus, like many others in the PlayStation community, and we're all waiting impatiently for the day when the next game will be announced. It's pretty unnerving that the only thing we know about Team ICO's next effort so far is that there is going to be one. Any chance of some inside info, OPM?"
Them: "We asked Sony boss Kaz Hirai what was going on with Team ICO a couple of months back. As he was pleading ignorance, one of the other execs present blurted out. "I'm pretty sure they're doing the sequel." Our fearless reporter immediately asked. "What, the sequel to ICO or Shadow of the Colossus?" Then the room filled with knockout gas...
Well, we still don't know too much, but this is basically the equivalent of Sony confirming the existence of another ICO or SotC, which is exactly what we've been looking for. It may have been a slip of the tongue by that executive, but it's good enough for us. Let's hope we'll hear more details before the year is out.
10/3/2007 Ben Dutka